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The GOP’s acting-the-fool dynamic

Among the formal definitions for “acting the fool” are: One who is deficient in judgment, sense or understanding.

Giuliani’s words do more than hurt – they divide

“A new expression has entered the Westminster lexicon: dog-whistle politics. It means putting out a message that, like a high-pitched dog-whistle, is only fully audible to those at whom it is directly aimed. The intention is to make potential supporters ...

Reflections: Life in a partially integrated society

I have heard the stories so many times. I feel I lived them – that I experienced them. The stories are real for me also – my husband’s experiences living in a partially integrated society – attending an integrated high ...

DuBois, Trotter: My civil rights heroes

In the interest of full disclosure, I have been a W.E.B. DuBois fanatic since my teenage years in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I have a healthy collection of books by and about DuBois, including David Levering Lewis’ two-volume biography of DuBois (W.E.B. ...

Facing America’s lynching frenzy

We live in a era when humankind seems awash in war-driven atrocities. Men, and in some instances, boys – for this is, overwhelmingly, a matter of the sins of males – who once lived within the boundaries of decency have ...

Twin evils renewed: Terrorism and racism

There are two related violent phenomena that are now getting renewed public attention and research around the world, as well as considerable debate and denial. The twin evils are terrorism and racism.

Selma marches on to let our voices soar above the mix

Selma. For those of a certain age, the word Selma is evocative of a time when people stood against insurmountable odds. It is an ever-lasting illustration of why the right to vote must never be taken for granted. People of ...

Fifty years of economic futility … Haven’t we had enough?

During the 50-year period from 1963 [“I have a dream!”] to 2013, Black people have been on a virtual economic treadmill. Our relative economic position has not changed; our unemployment rate has consistently been twice as high as the White ...

Living in a segregated society – my reflections

This month I have spent more time than usual reflecting on my life in a segregated society. Seeing the movie Selma and events leading up to the march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama and looking at the movie ...

More evidence of President Obama’s hostility toward HBCUs

As if we needed any more evidence, President Obama’s recent meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus revealed a deep-seated hostility toward the plight of struggling Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

A political look at Texas Black history

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the Harvard-trained historian who brilliantly birthed the idea that led to the celebration of Black History Month, believed that all people regardless of their race, color or national origin should study and embrace the history of ...

Carrying the burden of history for over 200 years

In observance of Black History Month, I believe it is important to highlight some of those long-lasting institutions and entities that have continued to serve the empowerment interests of Black America for over the past 200 years. Too often some ...

Mis-leaders: NAACP’s voting suppression problem

While recalling those commercials, featuring Andre Agassi (pro tennis player) saying, “Image is everything” and Billy Crystal’s “Saturday Night Live” character, Fernando, who always said, “You look marvelous! It is better to look good than to feel good,” I also ...

Sports mirroring life, ignoring vendor and economic diversity

They say that “sport mirrors life.” The latest example is the sick twist on the death of Eric Garner after the deaths of NYPD officers Ralph Ramos and Wenjian Liu. One of the headlines read “NYPD Cops Assassinated, and the ...

An evening with Joanne Bland

Saturday I attended An Evening with Joanne Bland at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters.